The idea of a ‘plastic surgery holiday’ is becoming more popular than ever, and many Australians are beginning to look at cheap plastic surgery procedures that can be completed offshore, for the sake of saving money.
However, the recent death of an Australian individual undergoing plastic surgery in Asia is a tragic reminder of the fact that plastic surgery overseas can be extremely dangerous and carry high risks.
As a plastic surgeon, it saddens me that patients will forget that their body deserves to be treated with respect and care, for the sake of a better deal.
Before you consider cheap plastic surgery overseas, it is important that you consider the following factors:
1) Do you know your Plastic Surgeon and will they provide all the services that you need?
Plastic surgeons in Australia have years of specialist training and will offer thorough one on one consultations, to ensure that every experience is personalised – both before and after surgery. This is because every patient is unique and deserves unique treatment. However, this is often not the case a when you seek plastic surgery in Thailand and other popular surgical destinations.
Will you meet your surgeon well in advance to have a detailed consultation? Will you have a course of treatment that caters to you as an individual, not a ‘one size fits all’ approach? Are you comfortable that your surgeon will understand exactly what you want to achieve? These are all questions you need to ask before considering surgery overseas.
2) What credentials should you be looking for?
In Australia, plastic surgeons are trained through RACS (Royal Australian College of Surgeons), which is the main body responsible for the training of all surgical specialties in Australia. In Australia, surgeons have to keep up postgraduate competency, which means that continual study and research into best practice and innovations is surgery is not only necessary, but mandatory.
The standard Australian surgeons are kept to is world class – but how do you know if your plastic surgeon overseas has the same set of rigorous standards to conform to, and the right level of training to safely operate on you?
3) What will your recovery process be like?
As we saw in the devastating story above, adequate post-operative care was simply not provided, with many alarming side effects left unchecked or poorly dealt with.
In Australia, Plastic Surgery doesn’t stop with your procedure. Surgeons will ensure that you are booked in for regular post-operative care, even two years after your surgery.
In Australia, you are guaranteed access at any time to your Plastic Surgeon, for no charge. However, if you have Plastic Surgery in Thailand, Malaysia or other countries overseas, this is simply no available to you. How are you to know if your side effects are ‘normal’, when your surgeon is no longer available for consultation?
When considering Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, cheaper does not ever mean better.
Seeking out a Professional Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Australia means that you can have your consultation, operation and follow up care right here, where you know regulations are of the highest standards.
Do you know all the facts about your Plastic Surgeon overseas? It is important that you consider this decision carefully to avoid any tragic or harmful outcomes.